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HarperCollins Christian Publishing receives eight awards
at 2017 ECPA Leadership Summit

Winning Best Bible, Devotional and Gift, and Young People’s Literature among the honors

(Nashville, TN) May 5, 2017—HarperCollins Christian Publishing announced today the company’s two publishing groups, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, were given three 2017 Christian Book Awards®, cumulatively, as well as one Platinum and four Gold Awards for sales achievement.

At this year’s conference, held in Colorado Springs, CO, both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan were also recognized at the ECPA Awards Celebration on Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017, for accomplishing two major sales milestone achievements.  

The 2017 Christian Book Award winners include:

  • “NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible,” editors Craig S. Keener and John H. Walton (Zondervan)- Bibles
  • “A Spectacle of Glory,” by Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby (Zondervan)- Devotion and Gift
  • “Unblemished” by Sara Ella (Thomas Nelson)- Young People’s Literature 

The Platinum Award for outstanding sales achievements, reaching more than one million units sold, was given to “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino (Thomas Nelson).  Additionally, four titles were honored with Gold Awards for reaching over 500,000 units sold.  These titles were:

  • “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)
  • “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews (Thomas Nelson)
  • “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas (Zondervan)
  • “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)

“Congratulations to the authors and the publishing teams of this year’s 2017 Christian Book Awards,” said Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.  “To have the top product in Bibles, Devotion and Gift, and Young People’s Literature is a testament to our focus in these three areas of our business.  These areas are key to our growth strategy and initiatives to gain readers and attention in these core publishing programs, and I am thankful to see that our company is achieving this goal. Additionally to have five titles reach milestones of 500,000 and a million units sold in one fiscal year is an outstanding accomplishment by our sales team and retailing partners who clearly align with these books and their messages.  What our authors are sharing with us through their writing is life-changing, and I am thankful for all of the people who help deliver this message into the world.”  

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About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to, the world’s largest Christian website, and, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.  For more information visit

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